Fixed star:  ATIKS
Constellation:  Omicron (ο) Perseus
Longitude 1900:  29TAU45 Longitude 2000:  01GEM09
Declination 1900:  +31.58′ Declination 2000:  +32.17′
Right ascension:  03h 44m Latitude:  +12.11′
Spectral class:  B1 Magnitude:  3.8

The history of the star: Atiks

AtiksOmicron (ο) Perseus, Atiks, is a double star of 4th and 9th magnitudes marking the left sandal of the Champion.

This star marks the left sandal that Perseus is wearing. In mythology Hermes/Mercury, the messenger-god, presented Perseus with wings for his sandals so that he could move swiftly through space, these winged sandals also allowed him to hover in space which he did while conversing with Andromeda

The Arabic spelling for Atik is Al-‘Atiq, () "The shoulder" of the Pleiades (meaning close to the Pleiades – as it is in longitude) – early Arabic astronomy had many different figures for the constellations from which we inherit the star names.

Omicron (ο), of the 5th magnitude, was Gorgonea quarta

Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen, 1889].










The astrological influences of the constellation Perseus

Legend: Zeus visited Danae in the form of a shower of gold and got her pregnant with Perseus. As a young man Perseus undertook a mission to kill the Medusa. He was furnished with the sword, cap and wings of Mercury and the shield of Minerva. He killed the Medusa by cutting off her head and afterwards killed the sea monster Cetus and then rescued and married Andromeda. Perseus founded a city, having dropped his cap or found a mushroom (both named myces) at Mycenae. [Robson, p.56.]

Influences: According to Ptolemy, Perseus is like Jupiter and Saturn. It is said to give an intelligent, strong, bold and adventurous nature, but a tendency to lying. By the Kabalists it is associated with the Hebrew letter Lamed and the 12th Tarot Trump "The Hanged Man." [Robson, p.56.]

The constellation is indicative of events effecting large numbers of people, especially those events caused by major meteorological phenomena. When prominent in a natal chart it is said to denote adventurous individuals, but also those who are less than honest in their dealings with others. [Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.14.]


Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923].